Everton new boy on World Cup spying mission
Published 12:40 20/12/09 By Ken Lawrence
Landon Donovan is about to become the Stars ’n’ Stripes stalker who could put Fabio Capello and his players on an instant World Cup downer.
David Moyes knows he won’t just help Everton battle through the winter once he arrives on January 2.
Donovan will also be helping himself to first-hand knowledge of the England team that face him and his United States colleagues when the sides collide in their Group C clash in Rustenburg on June 12.
Moyes secured the 27-year-old on a 10-week loan deal from LA Galaxy after spending hours discussing the move with the man currently rated Most Valued Player in the MLS.
Moyes said: “Landon impressed me with his whole approach to coming to England.
“This is someone who isn’t prepared to rest on his laurels despite being considered America’s best player. He knows that his past experiences in European football were perhaps a little disappointing for him.
“So he’s joining us with a little something to prove and what’s more he won’t just be learning about life in the Premier League, he’ll be learning about some of the players he’ll be facing in the World Cup and that knowledge could be crucial to him in South Africa.”
Donovan was the youngest American to sign professional forms in Europe when he joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2001 but he struggled to make an impact in four seasons. His loan deal last season to Bayern Munich was also a flop.
Moyes added: “I’ve told him there will be no guarantees he’ll walk into my side, but he accepts that and wants the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Moyes believes Louis Saha, who has bagged 12 goals this season, is ready to sign a new deal that will keep him away from predators.